Medical Apartheid is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans. Starting with the earliest encounters between black Americans and Western medical researchers and the racist pseudoscience that resulted, it details the ways both slaves and freedmen were used in hospitals for experiments conducted without their knowledge - a tradition that continues today within some black populations. It reveals how blacks have historically been prey to grave robbing as well as unauthorized autopsies and dissections. Moving into the 20th century, it shows how the pseudoscience of eugenics and social Darwinism were used to justify experimental exploitation and shoddy medical treatment of blacks.
The product of years of prodigious research into medical journals and experimental reports long undisturbed, Medical Apartheid reveals the hidden underbelly of scientific research and makes possible, for the first time, an understanding of the roots of the African American health deficit.
©2006 Harriet A. Washington (P)2016 Tantor
"[C]ompulsively readable." (Publishers Weekly)
I loved the way the book was composed, because it made for interesting reading .... Stuck to her main goal of encouraging African American people to research medical studies and to join them if deemed worthy. Jam-packed with eye- opening human experimentation that should never have been done on anyone. Although I think there is still human experimentation going on that should not be going on.
When I listened to this book, I immediately had a better understanding of my father's hesitancy to go to the doctor during his last 20 years of life. Chock full of FACTS from medical and government records and reports, as well as interviews with survivors, this book hits you in the face with deliberate atrocious acts against people of color by those sworn to "First do no harm"... and covered up by those sworn to protect and serve. It exposes greed by the many, action by very few, inaction by many in the justice system, and malice by many in the legislative system. It is an EXCELLENT read. Very sad and very sobering, but speaks volumes to what can happen when a human being does not value the life of another.
Every black person should read this. Great example of racism white supremacy how it still reigns present day.Question any medical procedure no matter how prestigious your doctor is
This book is full of information that is surprising, horrific, amazing, shocking, and educational.No wonder the meek will inherit the earth., they deserve it.
Excellent, I knew African Americans had been used as experimental subjects, but never to the degree discussed in this book. Additionally, the use of new drugs used, particularly on Africans is alarmingly and inhumane. It is my hope for 3rd and 2nd world countries and their leaders to take a more progressive stand for their people.
The book was amazingly horrific with such details of past and present that everyone especially Black people should read.
Nothing compares, it is in it's own lane. Pure genius
Absolutely. But it's so sad and frightening you have to stop to calm yourself.
Content: well researched and adroitly presented analysis of the dark history that befell Africans by Caucasians. It is critical that Africans learn true history which will never be taught or is softened in mainstream education. Perhaps then with the truth, Africans will return to a healthy self-determination.
Narration: excellently delivered
This book opened my eyes even wider in stories I thought I knew, horrified me with new stories, and actually pointed out two "experiments" that my father and were likely participants. This book is a must read for anyone who wishes to fully appreciate the horrors our people have endured.
excellent. well written. narrated beautifully. a true and accurate account of black people's experiences and it confirms that black people have sacrificed more than their fair share
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